How To Handle Situations As A Believer – Pastor Chukwuemeka Charles Asiegbu

Situation In The Life Of A believer:

situationSituation: Focusing on Christ as in focusing on His word. Jesus, in replying to Satan said to him “It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” (Matthew 4:4). We understand that what prompted Jesus to make this statement is because of the temptation the enemy brought forward. This means Jesus was in a precarious situation. And the only thing that can wage the war against the enemy is the Word.

He (Jesus) made mention of man not living by bread alone but by every word that proceeds from God. This implies that life can only be sustained by the word of God irrespective of what life is facing. Therefore, any life that is lacking the Word is liable to die or becomes worthless. And this is not about what the physical appearance entails but what the inner being of the man entails. That a man looks good in his appearance doesn’t mean he has life or his life is being sustained.

The only way to be sustained and have life is to have the Word on the inside of a man. And any man that has the Word has life and is sustained. I said all of that to say this, when situations crop up it is the Word that neutralizes the pressure it brings. And with the Word one can always overcome the adverse effects of any negative situation.

Situation The Veracity Of The Word:

So, if one can always overcome any adverse situation with the Word, It is therefore important we look at the veracity and potency of the Word. This is because if one can ascertain the potency and veracity of the word it will be easy for one to rely on it. Also it’s important to point out that, no matter how potent the Word can be, it will take knowledge to prove its veracity.

This is because if the Word is not known, the efficacy of it will not be known and ascertained. Here comes the issue of foundation or platform of an individual. What makes the foundation of an individual strong is the level of his or her knowledge in the Word. If one knows little, he or she wouldn’t achieve much from the Word of God irrespective of its potency.

Therefore, knowing and application of the Word is very necessary. And by application I mean making the Word a usable tool or implement in a situation. This is what is called wisdom. This kind of wisdom demonstrated from the Word of God is called the Wisdom of God. The Wisdom of God is encapsulated in His Word.

The Word Of God Is Wisdom:

So anyone using the Word of God to solve or resolve issues in his life is applying God’s Wisdom. This Wisdom is an infallible type because that is its nature. Let’s see the book of Hebrews and flip over to chapter 4:12 and it reads “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”

Here, the writer of the book of Hebrews in the quotation above made a description of the nature of the Word of God. And he says firstly; the Word is quick, powerful and sharper. Also he goes on to make a contrast between the Word and two edged sword. This implies that even if two edged sword is quick, powerful and sharper in its action it cannot be compared to what the Word is. That is in His action towards situation or life issues. He also went ahead to describe how the Word does his work. It states that the Word pierces and has the ability to divide asunder of the soul and spirit.

Now this is impossible for two edged sword to do but the Word is being wired to do this. Not only that the Word has the ability to divide asunder the soul and spirit, he can as well do same to the joints and marrow of bones. Here, the two edged sword can cut the bones. But has no ability to separate the marrow from the joints though it is sharper.

In Situation The Word Is The Discerner:

The Word also ‘is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.’ Interestingly, the two edged sword can never do this. It has no ability in this regard and that is where the Word takes preeminence over it. And therefore, there is no point juxtaposing the Word with two edged sword.

Now is important to note that if the Word has the ability to discern what the thought and the intent of the heart is, it means He is qualified enough to handle issues in life. No wonder the Word has inscrutable mastery in solving issues when employed! No one fathoms how the Word does it but by faith and believe in the Word, one sees results.

The writer of the book of Hebrews didn’t end the description of the Word in verse 12 but he went ahead in verse 13 to nail it further and it reads “Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.” It is interesting for us to unfold or point out things from this verse that is very vital to mention. Notice that he did use the statement “Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight”.

This statement personifies the Word and makes the Word a being. And actually it wasn’t a mistake on the side of the writer. But a concrete revelation of whom the Word is. The Word is a He and this He is Jesus Christ in whom the believer builds his or her platform.

The Word Knows It All:

Now, consider what the next line has to say about the Word. It says “But all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.” This is an indication that the Word knows it all. There is nothing hidden before the Word and as a result the Word has the solution to every situation. Whatever that crops up in the life of any creature; since He knows their beginning and their ending. This person ‘whom we have to do’ is perfect because nothing can escape His eyes. So when we base our judgment on Him, it is certain we are going to obtain satisfaction in decision making.

The believer’s work in this context is to come boldly to the throne of the Word. And the result of coming boldly is obtaining the mercy and grace. The boldness here is nothing but the act of faith that is required on the side of the believer. It is important to state here that the efficacy or the veracious nature of the Word is not depended on the receiver of the Word. The Word in itself is self-anointed irrespective of the gesture of the receiver. Therefore, the determinant of the potency of the Word is the Word itself.

This is because nothing can verify the Word except the Word “Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.” (1 Corinthians 2:13). The failure of the receiver in handling the Word properly and faithfully cannot undermine the veracity of the Word.

In Situation The Word Never Fails:

This is because the Word never fails. “So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:11). In this quotation above God is not bragging but stating the obvious.

David in the psalms bore witness to this very fact. And he actually declared in one of his Psalms that “Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever.” (Psalms 119:160). And Jesus in the gospel stated it this way “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.” (John 17:17).

The word truth in the quotations above means certainty or actuality. And in other words it is guaranteed or failsafe. On this note, the mindset of every Word receiver should be that ‘the Word never fails. And that it is true to the last letter. When this is ascertained, it builds up faith in the heart of the receiver.  And such creates the needed boldness and temerity to face any situation without wavering.

So, when one is up in a situation and he understands the fact that the Word is a sure tool in dealing with issues he will be very much at home with the issue(s).  This is because his platform is the Word which never fails.

The Word Is Like Hammer:

In the book of Jeremiah, God asked this question “Is not my word like as a fire?  saith the LORD; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?” This rhetoric question is a reminder to the people of Israel about the capability of His Word. Let’s decipher what this means a little bit.

The Word is like a hammer, this statement is a means or a way to compare what the Word is at the surface. Because, really nothing can be compared to the Word. The Word being like a hammer means that it can be used in a way hammer is being used. Hammer is a tool to break something that is hard and to penetrate hard object into another object.

Now, consider this, the statement above implies that if one is in a situation, he or she can use the Word of God to break the making and substance of that situation into pieces. Assuming the situation is a stumbling block, it’s the Word that can be used to evacuate it away. It is the Word one can use to penetrate and permeate God’s will for one in a situation. This process requires that one continues to speak the Word over the situation as often as desired.  And in a little while, the situation will definitely melt.

This can only be possible because the Word is the hammer that can destroy any situation in one’s life. Remember, there are objects you can hit once and it scatters and there are some you need to hit again and again before the bond holding its substance is broken. So, some situations in one’s life can be like that.

The Word Is Like Fire:

Again it says that the Word is like as a fire. Now we understand what fire is like. We know that even the hardest substance or object melts in the presence of fire. This statement implies that no matter how hard the situation may have appeared, it’s subject to the heat of fire. So the Word is the fire that has the ability to melt situations. That is no matter how hard they may be on the surface.

So a believer who is using the Word to fight against any situation in his life should have it in mind that the Word which he applies on the situation will definitely break and consume the situation. This assurance is because the Word is like hammer and fire which breaks and burns situations.

Sometimes, there is this scenario where it does as if one is applying the Word and the situation seems to linger, instead of it diminishing it’s expanding. And here one may be thinking that the Word is not effective. Since the situation is not responding to it by disappearing from the scene. One thing that should be in the mind of every believer while tackling situation is that believers doesn’t walk by what they see.

But by what the Word says. Now, this is called faith. See what the bible says in Corinthians: (For we walk by faith, not by sight) 2 Corinthians 5:7. This implies that as believers we do not look at the surface. And the surface cannot form our bases in making decision as regards to any situation that comes up.

The Surface Of The Situation:

This is important and it is good that we understand that situations are like a mirage. And that they have apparent natures as a result they are not what they appear to look like on the surface.

An understanding of this very vital fact will definitely help the believer to guard his loins. While standing against situation in his or her life. This is because when you focus on the surface, the hugeness of the situation will take you away from your position. And at this point in time it is easy for the situation to overthrow. Hence a believer should avoid the temptation of walking by sight and stick his gaze and focus on the Word.

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